|Prof. Douglas W. Coleman presented a paper titled Principles of Input Design for Basic-level English as a Second Language” at the 2013 Conference of Ohio TESOL (Ohio Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), November 15-16, Columbus, OH. In the presentation he described the principles on which materials on which materials for the English Department’s Basic ESL Tutorial are developed. These principles are based on application of a Human Linguistics (a.k.a., Hard-science Linguistics) theory of learning how to communicate. For a bit more on the theory, see Coleman, D. W. (2006). Required variability in input. LACUS Forum 33:119-131.|
Guy Szuberla making a point as the statue of Robert Frost looks on.
Prof. Szuberla has recently published a paper, “Jokes, Insults, and Chicago’s Fight for the World’s Fair of 1893,” in MidAmerica: The Yearbook for the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, XXXIX (2012): 100-17.
He also has forthcoming an essay, “Chicago and Peter DeVries’ Map of Desire,” which will appear in Midwestern Literature: Critical Insights, ed. Ron Primeau (Amenia, NY: Greyhouse Publishing, 2013). The book is due out in December 2013.
George Saunders (Syracuse University)
24th Summers Memorial Lecture Invited Speaker
5:00 p.m., Monday, October 21, 2013
Memorial Field House Auditorium (room 2100)
The University of Toledo
George Saunders is a bestselling author and Macarthur “Genius” Award Recipient. He is the author of four collections of short stories: the bestselling Pastoralia, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, In Persuasion Nation, a finalist for the 2006 STORY Prize, and Tenth of December. Saunders is also the author of the novella-length illustrated fable, The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil, and the New York Times bestselling children’s book, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip. In 2014, Saunders’ graduation speech at Syracuse University will be published as the book Congratulations, by the Way. Saunders’ book of essays, The Braindead Megaphone (2007), received critical acclaim and landed him spots on The Charlie Rose Show, Late Night with David Letterman, and The Colbert Report. His work appears regularly in The New Yorker, GQ, and Harper’s Magazine, and has appeared in the O Henry, Best American Short Story, Best Non-Required Reading, and Best American Travel Writing anthologies. In 2001, Saunders was selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of the one hundred top most creative people in entertainment. He has been awarded both a Guggenheim and a MacArthur Fellowship, for “bring[ing] to contemporary American fiction a sense of humor, pathos, and literary style all his own.” In 2013 TIME Magazine listed him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University.
There will be a reception and book-signing at Libbey Hall immediately following this event.
Here is map (in PDF) showing the Field House (FH) and Libbey Hall (LH) at 1/2-B/C, upper-left corner.
For additional information call 419-530-2318.
ABRACADABRA Studio of Poetics is a new poetry enterprise of Joel Lipman, Lucas County Poet Laureate [2008-2013], Emeritus Professor of English of the University of Toledo.
According to the ABRACADABRA website,
For more about Joel’s new endeavor, see:
Lecturers Suzanne Smith and Michelle Davidson are the coordinators of “Common Read,” a learning experience to foster a spirit of community among freshmen enrolled in Composition I. Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President by Eli Saslow (Random House / Anchor Books, 2011) was chosen as the first (Fall 2013) common read.
Ten Letters is organized around a series of letters written by citizens to President Obama during his first term in office on a range of pressing social and economic issues. Each week, ten letters are chosen and presented to the President by his advisors; the President then chooses a few of these to respond to directly in his own handwriting. The letter topics—including unemployment, health care, veterans affairs, immigration, education, the environment and school bullying—are those that many Americans, including our UT students and their families, have likely encountered in their daily lives. Each letter is woven into a rich narrative of the writer’s life so that readers can examine the forces that shape people’s lives and the decisions that they make. Read the rest of this entry »
|Andrew Mattison’s new book, The Unimagined in the English Renaissance: Poetry and the Limits of Mimesis, has been reviewed in Renaissance Quarterly, available through JSTOR. According to the reviewer, “The book that Mattison has written deserves a wide audience and as close and considerate attention that he bestows on the poets he so admirably and admiringly explores.”|